A proud closing ceremony of the Chess World Cup and an awarding ceremony for the winners and prize-winners of the tournament in the men’s division took place in Baku.
İdman.biz reports that the National Anthem of Azerbaijan and the official anthem of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) were played at the beginning of the event. Later, a video dedicated to the Chess World Cup held in Baku was shown.
During his speech, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Farid Gayibov noted that the Chess World Cup held in Baku was held at a high level:
"Today, proudly, we are closing the World Chess Cup organized at a high level in Baku. Azerbaijani chess player Nijat Abasov pleased everyone with his results in the tournament."
Farid Gayibov expressed his gratitude to all the participants of the World Chess Cup and congratulated the winners and prize-winners of the tournament.
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan also thanked the leadership of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for the trust they showed in holding the tournament in Azerbaijan.
Mahir Mammadov, president of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, said that he was proud and happy to hold this tournament.
"The Chess World Cup held in Baku will remain in the memory of the participants and fans with unforgettable chess games and will evoke feelings of nostalgia. The tournament was the center of attention of the chess community, attracted the attention of a record number of spectators and became a real chess celebration."
The President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation expressed his gratitude to the President of FIDE for his trust in holding the tournament, and to the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan for their support. He expressed hope that this cooperation will continue in the future.
Mahir Mammadov congratulated Magnus Carlsen on his victory and wished him success in the future.
Speaking about the participation of Azerbaijani chess player Nijat Abasov in the tournament, Mahir Mammadov noted that he was the first person in history to participate in all eight rounds of the World Chess Cup.
The president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Arkady Dvorkovich, noted that the Chess World Cup held in Baku was organized at a high level:
"I express my gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for the opportunity to hold the Chess World Cup in Baku. Holding the tournament in Azerbaijan will undoubtedly contribute to the development of chess in the country, and the successes of Nijat Abasov are a proof of this. All the participants and spectators of the World Championship will remember him for a long time. , will give good emotions".
Then the winner and prize-winners of the Men’s Chess World Cup were awarded.
The gold medal and trophy of the tournament were awarded to Magnus Carlsen (Norway), silver medal to Rameshbabu Pragnanandha (India), bronze medal to Fabiano Caruana (USA). It should be noted that Nijat Abasov took the fourth place in the World Chess Cup.
Then the National Anthem of Norway was played.
Let’s remember that 206 chess players in the open division and 103 chess players in the women’s division were included in the starting list of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Chess World Cup held in Baku.
The World Chess Cup was held in Azerbaijan for the second time. For the first time, the 2024 Candidates Tournament and the 2024 Candidates Tournament will each feature the top three players from both the open and women’s divisions of the World Cup.
FIDE World Cup 2023 games were broadcasted in Azerbaijani and English languages on the official website of the competition.
The prize fund of the cup is set at 2.5 million US dollars.
On August 21, the Women’s Chess World Cup in Baku ended. Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE) won it, Nurgul Salimova (Bulgaria) took the second place, and Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) took the third place.
On August 24, the World Chess Cup for men ended, its winner was Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the second place was taken by Rameshbabu Pragnanandha (India), and the third place was taken by Fabiano Caruana (USA).